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Degree Candidates Deadlines

Degree Candidates Deadlines

Individual programs may establish earlier deadlines or guidelines for associated activities (e.g., signing up for comprehensive exams, submitting preliminary drafts of theses and dissertations, final examinations, etc.). The appropriate program handbook or graduate coordinator should be consulted. Students are reminded that it takes time for faculty to read theses, dissertations, and examinations with the rigor and care they deserve.

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Summer Semester 2015
  • Monday, January 12
    • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy (approval of dissertation topic)
  • Monday, April 13
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Friday, June 5
    • Graduation application deadline – must be submitted on-line
  • Friday, June 26 .
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form including all signatures is due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m. Both sections of the form: Results of Final Exam and Manuscript Approval need to be fully completed.
  • Friday, July 3
    • Deposit of approved, error-free copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, July 31
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees must be received in the Office of Registration and Records by 5:00 p.m. 1
  • Saturday, August 8
    • Graduate College Commencement

Fall Semester 2015
  • Tuesday, May 26
    • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy (approval of dissertation topic)
  • Friday, July 10
    •  Approval of thesis topic
  • Thursday, September 17
    • Graduation application deadline – must be submitted on-line
  • Friday, November 13
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form, including all signatures, is due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m.  Both sections of the form: Results of Final Exam and Manuscript Approval need to be fully completed.
  • Friday, November 20
    • Deposit of approved, error-free copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, December 4
    •  Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees must be received in the Office of Registration and Records by 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 18
    • Graduate College Commencement

Spring Semester 2016
  • Tuesday, October 13
    • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy (approval of dissertation topic)
  • Monday, December 7
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Monday, January 25
    • Graduation application deadline – must be submitted on-line
  • Friday, April 1
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form including all signatures is due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m.  Both sections of the form: Results of Final Exam and Manuscript Approval need to be fully completed.
  • Friday, April 8
    •  Deposit of approved, error-free copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, April 22
    •  Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees must be received in the Office of Registration and Records by 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6
    •  Graduate College Commencement

Summer Semester 2016
  • Monday, January 11
    • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy (approval of dissertation topic)
  • Monday, April 11
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Friday, June 3
    • Graduation application deadline – must be submitted on-line
  • Friday, July 1
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form including all signatures is due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m.  Both sections of the form: Results of Final Exam and Manuscript Approval need to be fully completed.
  • Friday, July 8
    • Deposit of approved, error-free copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, July 22
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees must be received in the Office of Registration and Records by 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 6
    • Graduate College Commencement

Fall Semester 2016
  • Tuesday, May 24
    • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy (approval of dissertation topic)
  • Friday, July 8
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Thursday, September 15
    • Graduation application deadline – must be submitted on-line
  • Friday, November 11
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form, including all signatures, is due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m.  Both sections of the form: Results of Final Exam and Manuscript Approval need to be fully completed.
  • Friday, November 18
    • Deposit of approved, error-free copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, December 2
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees must be received in the Office of Registration and Records by 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16
    • Graduate College Commencement

Spring Semester 2017
  • Tuesday, October 11
    • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy (approval of dissertation topic)
  • Monday, December 5
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Monday, January 23
    • Graduation application deadline – must be submitted on-line
  • Friday, March 31
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form including all signatures is due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m.  Both sections of the form: Results of Final Exam and Manuscript Approval need to be fully completed.
  • Friday, April 7
    • Deposit of approved, error-free copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, April 21
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees must be received in the Office of Registration and Records by 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 5
    • Graduate College Commencement

The Graduate College reserves the right to change these dates if necessary.